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Communications / The Rundown

The Rundown - February 15

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Iran's latest web crackdown and an ill-timed high five
# "Daily Dot" cites RFE/RL reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov's online photo gallery

International Press Review

Iran
# "World Needs Rules on Cyberattacks" - Alireza Miryousefi & Hossein Gharibi, "CSM"
# Ban Ki Moon says Iran may be stalling to produce a nuclear weapon
# Maybe Iran does not want to reclaim the territory of the Persian Empire
# "Why Iran is Falling in to Russia's Arms" - Amir Taheri, "NY Post"

Russia
# Russia was hit by a meteorite shower
# "How the 1980s Explains Vladimir Putin" - Hill & Gaddy, "The Atlantic"
# "The Mythical Alliance: Russia's Syria Policy" - Dmitry Trenin, Carnegie Endowment
# Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Georgian politican Givi Targamadze
# Photos from the Bolshoi

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The U.S. 600,000 pieces of euipment in Afghanistan
# Pakistan's Ulema Council will skip peace talks in Kabul
# Pakistan's political parties want the government to negotiate with the Taliban
# Kate Clark on what "victory" means in Afghanistan

Of Interest
# It's not easy being a Jehovah's Witness in Turkmenistan
# Muqtada al Sadr is back on the political scene in Iraq
# An interview with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke
# How to succeed at being mediocre

Science/Tech
# Earth is due for a big asteroid collision
# Dolphins are not all cute and cuddly
# Archaelogists have discovered some very old pornography
# BlackBerry is doomed

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Chuck Hagel's nomination was delayed in the Senate
# Did John Brennan disclose a classified drone program?
# Nate Silver does not want to affect election outcomes
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